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Parentheses Punctuation in Writing

PARENTHESES:

The use of parentheses in writing.
"parenthesis" is singular
"parentheses" is plural

Parentheses
are used to:

a)Enclose words not directly relevant to the main topic of the sentence but too important to omit.
Example:

Optimistic thinking people (and I count myself among them) always seem to produce positive results in any situation.

b)Enclose figures or letters marking the division of a subject.
Example:

Our silent auction fundraising project included the following priorities:
(1) Securing the location to hold the auction.
(2) Soliciting businesses in the community to donate items.
(3) Launching an aggressive advertising campaign in the community.

c)Add examples.
Example:

The new photo copier has many features (including scanning options and faxing capabilities) that will be most beneficial to us in this office.



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